BYE, BYE VACA Signs with Blooming, connects for hat-trick
Former MetroStars midfielder Joselito Vaca connected for a hat-trick in one of his first matches for Blooming in Bolivia.
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In one of his first matches for Blooming of the Bolivian First Division on Sunday, former MetroStars midfielder Joselito Vaca did something he rarely performed for his MLS club -- wind up in the middle of goals.
Vaca, who was pushed around on the field because of his dimunitive size (5-6, 130 lbs.), did some "bullying" of his own by recording a hat-trick in a 5-0 shellacking of The Strongest.
The Metros retain his MLS rights if the 22-year-old ever want to return and play in the states.
Vaca, who is known for his superior ballhandling and passing, experienced a disappointing season with the Metros, collecting but one goal and one assist in 24 games.
He had trouble patrolling the right side because opponents took advantage of his size, although he managed to regisrter a goal and nine assists in 25 games for the Dallas Burn (now F.C. Dallas) in 2002.
In fact, Vaca, who has performed for the Bolivian National Team, scored six goals in 97 games in four-year MLS career.
The Metros obtained Vaca from Dallas in exchange for future considerations on Feb. 4, 2004. Those considerations eventually became a first-round draft pick (the 12th and final pick in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft) -- compensation for the Jaime Moreno trade back to D.C. United -- another deal that did not work out.
So, essentially the Metros threw away a first-round pick for someone who hardly produced.
The Metros got the 12th selection back when they dealt Trinidad & Tobago international forward Cornell Glen to Dallas and selected St. Louis University defender Tim Ward.